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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:35:08 AM »
I called Canon support on that 1Dx - the Digic 5+ (not Digic 5) processors alone may be worth ignoring the 1D IV.  The dual Digic 5+ processors (so I was told) are 6 times faster and create approximately 75 percent less noise than the DIGIC 4 processor.  The rep stated this results in a lesser need for larger MB's files hence why the MB is lower then most of its similar predecessors.  RAW images can be processed at 12 fps as well.  That's not to mention a boat load of other cool features such as dual storage cards that can be programmed in a variety of ways (such as a real time backup or extended disk space - you choose), bracketing with 9 exposures..the list goes on.  My gut instinct (being in IT) always says if you can afford it go forward with technology not backward.

I dont doubt it for a second that the 1Dx will overall be better than the 1D mk4
there are however 2 things that the 1Dmk4 has you can't get anywhere else
1) 1.3 crop I want this for using my 16-35 f2.8 as a walkaround effectively 20-48mm and for getting the extra reach on using long lenses. but has better IQ than the 1.6 crops
2) AF at f8 long lenses and teleconverters coupled with item 1 it stomps the 1Dx on the long end.

Ideally i would prefer not to have the bulk of a 1 body which is why i'm holding out for info on the next 7D and just continue with the 1D3 for now

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:03:17 AM »

page 48

If they can make This part work well i'll be impressed (pg49)

Eye Control Servo AF
When you use Eye Control in the AI Servo AF mode (or AI Focus AF set
to AI Servo AF), you can focus a moving subject continuously just by
looking at it. This is called Eye Control Servo AF.
If the subject focused with Eye Control starts to move, you can continue
to focus-track the subject with your eye by looking at the next AF point
covering the subject while holding down the shutter button halfway.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:42:52 AM »
The one in Asian  mention 5 focusing points only, he said he saw only 5 points in view finder.

It will be disappointed if only 5 focussing ponts, i hope it is more.
Hopefully 5 focussing points are cross type, and extra others focussing points.

if they were 5 f2.8 cross type points at a decent spread that would be awesome. I would rather that than have a useable center point and however many half baked outer points which dont work properly. And AI servo would need to be fixed up

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:22:13 AM »
the EOS ELAN 7 also has the Eye AF

ELAN 7 is on my list to buy, haven't run into a near mint one yet.

really? Mine was in absolutly mint condition only cost $100 on ebay but my wife broke the latch on the film door the first day :( lucky the local repair shop had the latch in stock which cost $40 to replace :P
keep an eye on ebay they do come up from time to time

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:08:18 AM »
(I think) Dr Neuro explained fairly persuasively that the x1.3 crop on the 1D4 vs the FF 1DX is essentially meaningless. Cropping a 1DX file in post to a x1.3 value will deliver a file almost indistinguishable from the 1D4 file. Want to chime in here Dr Neuro?

No chance of this i'm afraid
have a look at the iso samples indicating the crops here with the 18MP vs 16MP

edit: if you apply a 1.3 crop to the 1Dx resolution of 5184 x 3456 you get 3987x2658 which is 10.6 MP or basically the 1Dmk3

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Information [CR1]
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:05:16 AM »
the EOS ELAN 7 also has the Eye AF

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:06:32 PM »
Fundamentally Piracy in the digital domain was born because of the price fixing and price gouging the media companies have monopolised for decades.

the cost of production and distribution has fallen significantly yet they still price new movies and music at a certain level. This level is high enough to provide an incentive for people to look for ways around it.

There will always be a degree of copyright infringment everyone has to accept this as fact.
how much is determined by the price.

There is a threshold where if the content is priced low enough it provides a natual disincentive for people to bother with copyright infringement and you could draw a direct correlation between price vs copyright infringement. If providers priced their products more competatively then it would provide several distinct benefits to them and the government and global economy as a whole

1) They would increase sales volume - as price decreases the number of people that were trying to get it for free would no longer bother due to the lower costs, as they can just pop down to their local store and buy it on disc or download it from a purchased online source.

2) They would not need to spend the insane amount of resources on lawyers and chasing individuals for copyright infringement. I am sure just cutting the lawyers from this epic gravy train would fund some significant RRP cost cuts.

3) the governement could spend more time on real issues and probably get rid of some excess public servants saving the tax payers money.

4) Money and resources would no longer need to be wasted on DRM (digital right managment) because lets face it hackers take all of 5 seconds to get around this stuff.

5) people would be happier and more productive because the government would be meddeling and trying to micro-manage their individual lives to a lesser degree.

So in summary 1 simple action can cut piracy down to such small levels it would be hardly worth being worried about. Set the right price and let the free market run!

I will use the Apple app store as an example
while this gets a lot of flak for monopolistic behaviour and the walled garden approach it is successful because of the pricing. If you wanted to say purchase a computer game for your PC you have to pay say $50 - $100 of course people are going to look for ways of not paying this. however on the app store to buy a game for you phone costs say $1, $2 maybe $5 at these prices why would you even bother wasting your time trying to get it for free just buy it and enjoy it. This difference is orders of magnitude.

If media of games, albums and movies were priced the same (and they got rid of this DRM rubbish) 95% or more of people would just buy it.

Big media need to have a look at the business model they have run with for too long in the face of a rapidly changing world. It is such a simple concept these greed driven corporations dont see the wood for the trees

EOS Bodies / Re: Gray vs Authorized Resellers
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:28:31 PM »
Where I live there is absolutely no issue getting a gray Canon item repaired at the authorized repair facility. It's business for their workshop.

A potential irritation with gray is if a warranty claim kicks in. You may have to jump through hoops to get the job done through your gray seller.


While I have never had to make a warranty claim from a hong kong based seller i have returned items i was not happy with for a credit towards another product.
Both have exceptional service
Digital Rev was one and also Ozdigital online
Ozdigital have a return address in NSW
this makes return costs if you have an issue significantly cheaper than having to send back to hong kong
I have purchased quite a few grey lenses off ebay

EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:17:46 PM »
Well, just on a 350D with 18-55 so far. Only starting to get into photography for real, but really want something I can grow with. Haven't upgraded for 6 years or so, about time I reckon :)

ok so thats equal to 28.8mm on the wide end, the 24-105 will appear to give you a nice wide boost. you can do alot with this 1 lens. I would also recommend picking up the nifty 50 for around $100 the 50mm f1.8 just to allow you to play with shallow DoF and low light shooting. should keep you pretty busy until you get bitten by the gear bug :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 18, 2012, 09:02:12 PM »
Is the 24-105mm kit lens any use? Seems very good value
yes this lens is also excellent value for money i have it too, you just may find it not quite wide enough compared to the 16-35 (really depends how wide you like to go for your landscapes. You also have to consider the 5D3 will cost more than current 5D2 prices and will have a hell of a wait due to demand for it. If you can get a good deal on the 5D2 kit with the 24-105 you will be happy with it. the other benefit of just going with the kit for now is if you decide you really need to go wider later you could look at a dedicated ultrawide prime these get expensive though. what focal lengths do you shoot with on what body at the moment?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs 1D IV ??
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:55:16 PM »
i am hoping used 1D4 prices come down once the actual 1Dx start hitting the streets but i'm keen on getting it mostly for the 1.3 crop and higher res with better high iso over the 1D3 i have.
but i'm also keen to see if a new 7D2 might suit my needs too so i'm just in a holding pattern at the moment. if you can handle the extra cost of the 1Dx it will no doubt be an outstanding camera, but unless you have a pre-order you might be waiting quite a while...

EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 18, 2012, 08:17:45 PM »
If you primarily shoot landscape then a 5Dmk2 and a 16-35 f2.8L will provide you with outstanding value for money its one of my favourite lenses. you could also look at the 17-40 f4L but i personally think the 16-35 is worth the extra money.

also If anyone else gets FD lenses with old perished lens caps I found these guys and ordered one to replace the original for daily use


they are reasonably priced the genuine canon lens caps are expensive so i'll see how it is but cant really go wrong with neoprene covers

Site Information / Re: a thank you letter to Canon Rumors
« on: January 18, 2012, 05:46:44 PM »
This is quite pathetic for what is supposed to be a government running a "FREE" country. Most other western countries wont be far behind I am sure.
I have lived and worked all over the world and increasingly in recent times I find that while China as well as other developing nations are embracing a free market, the western nations / developed nations are moving into a system I like to call the Fascist Beaurocracy that is it doesnt matter which person or party you vote for with your token democratic right stupid rules laws and a desire to inflict control over the population is pushed down from an excess of public servants that are trying to justify their existance. China censors their internet very heavily and political control is still very strong however they are moving rapidly. I have never felt more free, more safe and more respected as a human being in my life than when i was living in China. The west could learn alot from this culture.

I doubt kenko will be far behind and they will produce one that costs half as much

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